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Compacta is a recent selection of Ebbing's silverthorn, very probably of Italian origin (not confirmed). Unlike its mother plant - the species of Ebbing's silverthorn - it makes a compact and well-behaved shrub without overgrown twigs in one season. In fact, this sport makes quite a handsome shrub. It has more prominent silvery leaves when they emerge, as if covered with stardust, which mature to glossy dark green. They are evergreen, leathery but thinner than those on cherry laurels, and somewhat wavy. Another nice f ...entire article
Viveleg silverthorn is a bushy, upright growing, evergreen shrub or small tree with irregularly variegated leaves. They are leathery, oval to ovate, partially undulated, and glossy. The centres are dark green, the margins are rich yellow, and the borderline between these two colours is light green but is not present on all leaves. Newly emerging leaves are silvery beige. Twigs are orange-brown, and the colder the weather comes in autumn the deeper the colour gets. Apart from its attractive foliage evergreen silver ...entire article
Autumn Red is a rather tall, midseason daylily producing 10-12 cm wide flowers of vibrant red colour with bright yellow midribs and throat. They bloom from late July either continuously until early autumn, or with a short break after the first 3 weeks. Stems are strong, 80-100 cm tall and leaves are deciduous. Bred by one of the most significant female hybridizers of daylilies Elizabeth Noble Nesmith (†1972) from Boston, MS, and registered in 1941. The leaves are deep green, strong and healthy. They appear ea ...entire article
Green Spring is a large-leaved variety of Boston ivy producing glossy, fresh green leaves with three lobes and bright rosy pinky stalks and veins. The margins are only shallowly and thinly serrated. They look best in autumn when they turn deep wine red first, and vivid carmine red later with some yellow foliage in the background. Before they start falling down the whole plant is scarlet pink. This is a time-limited show, still this Boston ivy is worth growing for this short performance. Virginia creepers and Boston ...entire article
KILIMANDJARO® is an innovative variety of Japanese snowball bred by Jan-Willem Wezelenburg from the Netherlands. It also represents his first big success in the horticultural world. The plant was raised by crossing Pink Beauty variety and an unnamed selection of the species in 2002. First plant flowered in 2005 and further tests proved its stability. It was presented at prestigious trade fair of plant novelties Plantarium 2017 where it was awarded Silver Medal. Patents were granted in the USA (PP22326-2011), Euro ...entire article
FABULOUS™ is a moss phlox series bred by Dutch breeders Florensis B.V. FABULOUS™ ROSE is a clear pink flowering variety with distinctly notched flower petals. Blooming begins in late April and continues for an incredible period until late June. Needle-like leaves are short, medium to light green, linear, and evergreen. Moss phlox quickly forms a large and quite a compact cushion. Still, in order to eliminate bare, woody stems in the central part we recommend trimmi ...entire article
Daviesii is a historical azalea variety bred by I. Davies in the U.K. and introduced around 1840. It bears rich trusses of almost white to very pale yellow flowers with a yellow blotch on the upper petal. Buds are orange. It belongs among Ghent hybrids i.e. azaleas hybridized with the highly fragrant a.luteum. Moreover, Daviesii is a further cross with another fragrant species a.viscosum so you can imagine how fragrant it is. Flowers usually open from mid May until early June. Deciduous leaves are mid green, oval to e ...entire article
There are quite a lot of spruces called Blue. Blue Mountain is one of them. It is a selection with bright silvery blue needles. They are quite prickly, evergreen, and densely cover the branches. It grows about 15-25 cm per year when young, older trees grow a little faster. It is well branched from the base and forms a neat and regular pyramidal shape without any significant pruning. Trimming, however, is possible – best in early spring. Spruce is widely soil adaptable provided the soil is well-drained. It li ...entire article
Star Cluster is a slightly taller tickseed variety producing a profusion of creamy white to very pale yellow, daisy-like flowers atop about 50 cm tall stems. They are decorated with deep burgundy-maroon blotches near golden yellow centres and bloom from June until the first frost. Leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, fresh green, deciduous, and healthy. Star Cluster is a clump forming perennial that does not seed around. It will grow in nearly any soil and as it withstands drought it is popular for rockeries. Making i ...entire article
Golden Dwarf is a dwarf variety of golden rod valued for its abundant flowering in late summer. It produces fireworks of striking yellow, seedless, tiny flowers composed in terminal racemes on short stems. They are 40-50 cm tall and branched so well that the plant looks like a small shrub. The leaves are mid green, narrowly lanceolate. It will look beautiful in any border, mixed with taller perennials, or planted in a rockery mulched with pebbles and grain. Golden rod is quite soil adaptable. It will take some clay ...entire article
Fyrverkeri (Fireworks) is very probably a Swedish variety of daytime sundrops with large, rich yellow flowers from late June for 4-8 weeks. They are saucer-shaped and appear atop and along 40-60 cm tall stems which makes it a compact and shorter variety compared to the species. Deciduous leaves are shortly lance-shaped, medium green. Sundrops likes common garden soil, not too dry, not too wet, but preferably moist and fertile – in poor soil its flowering is quickly over. Fully sun only. Hardy to about -34°C ...entire article
Sonnenwende (Solstice) is a sundrops variety with large, rich yellow flowers from early to late summer. They are saucer-shaped and appear atop and along 60-80 cm tall stems whose upper parts are maroon red, contrasting greatly with the flowers. Leaves are narrowly lance-shaped to elliptic, medium green. Sundrops likes common garden soil, not too dry, not too wet, but preferably moist and fertile – in poor soil its flowering is quickly over. Fully sun only. Hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 1 ...entire article
Chinese wisteria is undoubtedly the queen of flowering climbers. Prolific is an abundantly flowering variety producing slightly longer flower racemes from younger age. They are 25-40 cm long, composed of sweetly scented, violet flowers, and appear on bare wood from the first warm days of April for 4-5 weeks. They are followed by bean-like seedpods which are poisonous. Rather exotic looking pinnate leaves are mid green and densely cover the plant and its support. Older and well-established plants of Chinese wister ...entire article
Some trees are admired for other features than just flowers or foliage. There are many of us who easily fall head over heels in love with a picturesque bark like that on paperbark maple from China. It peels off in thin, almost paper-like shavings even on young plants which makes it one of the most sought-after items among bonsai growers. Its color is cinnamon brown first and peeled off it reveals coppery red to almost amber orange tones as it becomes glossy with age. Deciduous leaves are palmately divided into three shallowly lobed, ovate leaflets. They ar ...entire article
Swamp azaleas are a unique species of deciduous azalea of North American origin. These azaleas offer later flowering and extremely fragrant flowers. Framigham is swamp azalea producing medium-sized, soft salmon pink flowers with golden yellow flare. They open very late, usually from late May until mid July. Their strong fragrance is notable from a distance of several meters and is lovely and sweet. Deciduous leaves are smaller than on other deciduous azaleas, broadly elliptic, and fresh green until autumn. Swamp a ...entire article
FABULOUS™ is a moss phlox series bred by Dutch breeders Florensis B.V. FABULOUS™ WHITE is a pure white flowering variety with distinctly notched flower petals. Blooming begins in late April and continues for 3-4 weeks. Needle-like leaves are short, medium to light green, linear, and evergreen. Moss phlox quickly forms a large and quite a compact cushion. Still, in order to eliminate bare, woody stems in the central part we recommend trimming it in early summer just ...entire article
Prinz Heinrich is a Japanese anemone bred by Lindner already in 1902. It produces large, single flowers with long and narrow petals which can be visibly separated from one another or they may overlap. Centres are decorated with a small crown or rich yellow stamens. Flowers are borne freely on usually about 50 cm tall, well-branched stems, but under ideal conditions they may grow almost twice as tall. Basal leaves are deciduous, palmate, dark green, sharply toothed, sparsely hairy beneath. Japanese anemones like m ...entire article
Wim's Red panicle hydrangea makes extraordinary, large inflorescence composed of almost 50:50 fertile (small) and sterile (large) flowers already from mid June. They emerge pure snow white and soon gain pale pink shades, and turn almost completely rich pink by late summer, keeping only the top flowers white like the mountain tops covered with snow. In early autumn they change to even deeper shades of dark purple red. Stems are rich red and deciduous, ovate leaves are deep green. Wim's Red hydrangea makes a rather ...entire article
Blush is an exceptionally light pink flowering variety of purple loosestrife. They are larger than on most purple pink varieties and open from the bottom upwards, usually from late July until early September on about 60-90 cm tall, hairless stems. Leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, willow-like, medium green, deciduous. Beware of drying out when the plant is prone to powdery mildew. Loosestrife will grow in virtually any soil, preferably in moist of water-logged conditions in full sun. It may self seed so unless you ...entire article
SunKiss is an American variety of tickseed marketed by Proven Winners®. It makes very large, 8-9 cm across flowers of the brightest golden yellow colour with brown eye. Ray florets are slightly dissected at tips. They appear from mid June until late autumn, while the weather is sunny and relatively warm. Deadheading (of flowers AND stems) will enhance the flowering but is not a must, it will still flower abundantly every year and all summer long - for incredible 5 months. Presto tickseed forms a bushy, almost pe ...entire article
Globe flower is a fantastic perennial, one of the slightly tallest ones. Its cup-shaped flowers are typical for the species – they look like miniatures of peonies. Cheddar is a witty name for a spectacular variety. Why not if its colour is so similar to possibly the most popular cheese in England. Cheddar globe flower produces butter or cheesy yellow flowers atop some 80 cm tall stems from mid May until mid June. They rise well above the lush foliage making a stunning display especially when planted in mass. ...entire article
NEPTUNE® is an exquisite variety of Cuban catmint. An amateur gardener might say that it looks like a merge between Blue Boa agastache and blue dead nettle, and he can't be blamed. Apart from the main features typical for this Cuban species such as large leaves and large flowers, NEPTUNE® boasts very compact and dense, upright habit which makes older catmints turn green with envy. Yet NEPTUNE® wins again because it has m ...entire article
Florida flame azalea, or also honeysuckle azalea is a deciduous rhododendron species from South USA (Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi), almost unknown in Europe. It is often mistaken for swamp azalea owing to strongly scented flowers and smaller leaves. The flowers are creamy to yellow or even orange with red flames towards the calyx. They are funnel-shaped, open wide revealing up to 5 cm long stamens. Deciduous leaves are narrowly elliptic, mid green. In our climate it grows moderately to about 2m tall shrub. This azalea comes from hot climate and ...entire article
Ani is a Hungarian cherry laurel bred by Dr. Jozsa Miklos in order to achieve hardy and compact varieties suitable for cold winters of Central And Eastern Europe as well as resistant to summer heat and drought. Ani looks a bit like Etna variety because its new leaves also emerge bronze red in spring but Ani keeps its red shades for longer before they mature to fresh green in summer. They are evergreen, leathery, deeply veined, and highly glossy. The plant exhibits a very dense habit ideal for hedging and grows some 2 ...entire article
POLAR PASSION® is a lily-of-the-valley shrub with dark purple pink flowers in dense racemes. Individual flowers are urn-shaped, slightly fragrant, and come out from late March for 6-8 weeks. Evergreen leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, dark green with white variegation, and emerge dark pink in late April and again in midsummer. It is a slow grower and makes mounding shrubs which can be pruned after flowering or in early summer. Its coloured foliage and flowers as well as good hardiness make pieris a great cho ...entire article
Nellie R. Stevens holly is one of the most cultivate hardy hollies worldwide simply because it is beautiful and versatile. It is a cross between English holly (ilex aquifolium) and Chinese holly (ilex cornuta). It grows relatively fast and can be trained into a gorgeous looking evergreen tree. The leaves are deep green, extremely glossy (it is very difficult to make a picture without their reflection) and have odd number of teeth: usually 3, but sometimes only 1 or even 5. Natural crown shape is widely conical to ...entire article
Louie is an eye-catching variety of white pine from about 1990, found by Gregg Williams as a seedling in Vermont, USA. It was introduced to trade by Kate Brook Nursery in 1993, and has been a sought after variety ever since. It makes soft needles that are shorter than on most other white pines including the species. They are fresh green in summer and turn yellow in autumn and golden yellow in the coldest part of winter. Young, freshly transplanted plants may temporarily suffer from sun scorch but when fully establishe ...entire article
Ophir is a dwarf mountain pine with yellow needle tips from mid autumn until mid spring. They are evergreen, up to 7 cm long, and glossy. In late spring they change back to typical pine green colour. It naturally forms low, compact to almost congested shrubs of rounded habit with flattened top. It can be pruned or clipped in mid spring by cutting or removing new shoots. This pine, thanks to its bright colour in winter, will look great in combination with evergreen shrubs with dark green leaves or needles because es ...entire article
Pink Lace® is a dwarf beebalm variety from the Netherlands. It was discovered as a naturally occurring seedling of unnamed parents of monarda didyma in 2002. It forms a neat and very compact tuft with upright branches holding rich pink flowers that are not smaller than those on tall varieties. Blooming begins in mid July and continues tirelessly until the last warm days of early autumn. Deciduous leaves are widely lance-shaped, deep green, and slightly undulated. Flowers are edible and fragrant leaves can be used ...entire article
Green Tower is a fastigiate and dwarf variety of Austrian pine. It was found as a seedling, possibly of Pyramidalis variety, by Martin Zimmer in late 1990's. It has about 10 cm, stiff, dark green needles borne in whorls of 2. It grows slowly - 20 cm per year and makes a very narrow tree which will fit almost any garden. Its branches are strong and do not bend under a fresh load of wet snow. Pines need full sun and well-drained soil that will not be too alkaline. No fertilizing required. Pruning is possible in late ...entire article
Compacta Glauca is an arolla pine variety of reduced size. It was selected by C.Frets & Son nursery in Boskoop, the Netherlands, around 1930, in a field of older variety called Glauca which had been known since 1860's. It exhibits much denser and congested growth, and produces about 10 cm long needles. They are medium green with prominent grey blue overlay which makes it look almost silver blue. Young shoots are light green and before the needles separate from the twig (so-called candle phase) you can trim or r ...entire article
Oregon Green is a very beautiful addition to the family of small to mid-sized pine trees. It was found as a seedling by Morris Van Meter in his nursery in Boring, Oregon, USA, in early 1990's. It is easily distinguished by its stiff habit with erect branches where needles are borne in such density and precision that makes you think it is not a natural creation but a computer drawing. They are rich green, glossy, stiff, slightly curved inwards, and do not fall off earlier than after some 3-5 years. That makes the tree ...entire article
GENOLIA® is an excellent addition to the family of hedging cherry laurels. It comes from Switzerland, and was bred by Pepiniéres de Genolier in 2002. It forms a handsome, columnar, evergreen shrub which requires no pruning to look recent great. Leathery leaves are mid to dark green, narrowly ovate, and glossy. Its naturally upright habit makes it ideal for a hedge, however, it can serve as a slender, free-standing, evergreen specimen in small gardens. It was awarded silver medal at Plantarium 2005, a leading Eur ...entire article
You can easily fall in love with this Portugal laurel if you like evergreen plants. It will enchant you with its lush, glossy leaves. They are large, thick, somewhat undulated, and emerge coppery orange, turn soft green, and mature to dark green in summer. They resemble foliage of viburnum odoratissimum Awabuki which is not hardy enough for zone 6 so here we have a tough and beautiful alternative. Young twigs are red flushed, in autumn change to rich burgundy red, and remain so until spring. Blossoms appear on slightly older plants. They are cherry- ...entire article
Caradonna is a beautiful wood sage which looks like annual salvia farinacea, yet this beauty is a true perennial. Caradonna makes compact clumps with erect stems 40-60 cm tall, very dark purple blue, almost black, bearing numerous deep violet-blue flowers in spike-like inflorescences. Main flowering begins from late May and lasts about one and a half months, meanwhile new flowering stems are formed for weaker flowering in midsummer. However, if you cut the whole plant back to the ground after the first flow ...entire article
MARYLINE® is a trade name for a striking selection of evergreen silverthorn, found by Albert Breneliére in France. It is a very bushy, upright growing, evergreen shrub with irregularly variegated leaves. They are leathery, oval to ovate, partially undulated, and glossy. The centres are very pale yellow maturing to deeper yellow, margins dark green, and between margins and centres are some light green highlights which make the leaves look extremely fresh and colourful. Newly emerging leaves are silvery-beige. Twig ...entire article
Sarastro is a perennial bellflower of compact habit and with huge flowers which can measure up to 8 cm. They are rich violet-blue, opening from stiff, pending, dark violet flower buds from mid June for at least 2 months. If pruned by a half or two thirds after the main flowering it produces shorter stems with numerous flowers in late summer and early autumn, extending the flowering period to 3-4 months. Flowers are sterile (not producing seeds), the plant multiplies by enlarging the clump. Stems are about 60 cm tall, ...entire article
YUKI CHERRY BLOSSOM® deutzia produces 10-15 cm long racemes of pearl-like, pale pink buds, which open into 5-petalled, white flowers with pink hues, and pink reverse. They are decorated with a crown of stamens in the centre, and bloom from about mid May for 3-4 weeks. Then it is best to prune the shrub by removing branches with spent flowers. This action will encourage growth of stronger and upright twigs that will bloom the following year. Without pruning the older branches become somewhat procumbent. Deciduous ...entire article
Black Lace is an older and proved variety of hardy camellia, in fact one of the best reds available. Its is a hybrid of c.reticulata and c.williamsii and has so far withstood -20°C. Its fully double, dahlia-like flowers are rich red, and bloom from early April for 6 to 8 weeks if the plant has enough buds. These are formed from the previous year and need as long as half a year to mature. Leaves are evergreen, ovate, leather, deep green, and very glossy so even without flowers the shrub looks lush and beautiful. April ...entire article
Chinese photinia is a species which is less common in trade and almost nonexistent in European nurseries. Reason being that all European encyclopedias rate it much less winter hardy than David’s or Fraser’s photinia which are very popular evergreen shrubs used for hedges in zones 6 and higher all over temperate regions. However, in the USA this species has been successfully cultivated for a few decades now, and has proved reliably hardy to zone 6 which allows using it in the same areas as the other well-known hybrids and species. Currently, there ...entire article
Swamp azaleas are a unique species of deciduous azalea of North American origin. These azaleas offer later flowering and extremely fragrant flowers. Soir de Paris is a hybrid between a deciduous azalea ‘Koster’s Brilliant Red’ and swamp azalea species, yet it has all features of a swamp azalea which is why we classify it as if belonging to the same category. Soir de Paris produces soft pink, star-shaped flowers that are n ...entire article
Swamp azaleas are a unique species of deciduous azalea of North American origin. These azaleas offer later flowering and extremely fragrant flowers. Quiet Thoughts is a great zen-like name for a zen-looking variety. I must admit it is my top favourite swamp azalea producing medium-sized, coral pink flowers with golden orange flare. They open in late May and continue flowering for about 3 weeks. Their strong fragrance is notable from a distance of several meters and is lovely and sweet. Deciduous leaves are smaller tha ...entire article
Lemon Drop is a coctail as well as this unique and beautiful azalea. It has medium-sized, pleasantly fragrant, light lemon yellow flowers with a light yellow blotch on the upper petal. Flower buds are the same light yellow as the flowers. Deciduous leaves are oval to elongated, mid green in summer, and turn coppery orange in autumn. Lemon Drop grows slowly into a bushy and compact habit. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with always moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in c ...entire article
Veitchii is a very showy Boston ivy variety. It produces profusion of medium-sized, very dark green, highly glossy, and partly undulated leaves with three lobes. The margins are only shallowly and thinly serrated. They look best in autumn when they turn deep wine red first, and vivid carmine red later with some yellow foliage in the background. Before they start falling down the whole plant is scarlet pink. This is a time-limited show, still this Boston ivy is worth growing for this short performance. Virginia cree ...entire article
06.05.2021New stock
birch (Betula "ROYAL FROST")
ROYAL FROST is a trade name of a very attractive birch variety. It is a hybrid between betula populifolia „Whitespire“ and betula „Crimson Frost“. Deciduous leaves are diamond-shaped, serrated at margins, rich burgundy red in summer, and crimson red, purple, orange and yellow in autumn. This hybrid is popular for the combination of dark purple foliage and almost white bark which is pale amber orange on young trees, and becomes white as the tree grows stronger, making a thicker tru ...entire article
06.05.2021New stock
holm oak (Quercus ilex)
Holm oak or holly oak (holm is an old word for holly) is native to the Mediterranean and is spread from southern parts of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, to west Balkan and milder parts of North Africa. It used to form vast areas of evergreen forests most of which are chopped down today. It was first described in 1753 and many sources until this day claim it is not drought tolerant. In fact it very drought tolerant once established which why it is commonly cultivated in heat-accumulated and paved city squares. In the wild ...entire article
Carré Rouge is a French selection of Fraser's photinia from Red Robin variety. It originated in Nantes and produces smaller leaves of intensely red colour when young, maturing to deep green, yet keeping the top leaves crimson or wine red. New leaves with red colour emerge at least twice a year: in early spring and in late summer, and you can bring the second phase forward by pruning the shrub in early summer just as the new leaves turn green. Young twigs are r ...entire article
Burgundy Star™ magnolia is another success by Mark Jury, son of Felix Jury, renowned for the famous New Zealand based 'magnolia breeding factory'. This jewel is a cross between large-flowered Vulcan and liliiflora Nigra. Cross pollination was done in 1993, and first flowers appeared in 2002 when the winning specimen was selected among 15 other plants. It was patented under Jurmag4 PP20346 in 2008 . Burgundy Star™ magnolia is on ...entire article
Variegata is an eye-catching mutation of Portugal laurel. It bears evergreen, narrowly elliptic, slightly undulated, deep green leaves with white margins which turn pink in autumn and winter when leaf stalks and young twigs change colour to bright purple red. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. Fruits are black berries, and seeds from unripe berries contain the same poison found in bitter almonds. It grows moderately into a compact, densely branched ...entire article
CONFETTI is a breathtaking new panicle hydrangea bred by Peter Vlasveld from the Netherlands. It combines all the positives you look for in a hydrangea: large flowers of beautiful colour, strong growth, long blooming period, minimum to zero care, and excellent hardiness. The inflorescence of CONFETTI is a large, up to 30 cm long, upright, widely conical panicle composed of both sterile (large) and fertile (small) flowers which come out almost pure white in late July. In a couple of weeks they turn a very gentle shade ...entire article
Loosestrife is our native perennial from moist meadows and ditches. Even though it is a water-loving plant it can grow in locations which may temporarily dry out completely in summer. It produces masses of small purple pink flowers on thin stems which keep on moving in the wind or just a small breeze. It is ideal for English-style perennial borders and cottage gardens. Lady Sackville is a purple loosestrife variety with rich pink to light purple red, star-shaped flowers. They open ...entire article
Brenelia is an elegant novelty variety of Portugal laurel from early 21st century. In appearance and use it is similar to Angustifolia variety but has larger leaves with undulated margins. The stalks and new stems are rich burgundy red not only in winter but most of the growing season. It grows moderately and very dense into a regular, pyramidal shrub. In our climate it seldom reaches 3m tall. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers in late May and early June. Fruits are black berries ...entire article
Baby Joe is a compact variety of Joe Pye weed that originated in the Netherlands as a result of a breeding programme made by Hubertus Gerardus Oudshoorn. This variety exhibits much smaller and bushier, more compact habit with stem reaching only about 60 cm. Baby Joe does look like a small shrub but is a true perennial that dies back to the ground autumn and comes back in spring. Patent granted in 2009 under PP20,320. Joe Pye Weed likes moist sites and when established it takes some level of occasional waterlogging ...entire article
If you are a magnolia lover who still has some space in the garden which is a rare combination, have a look at this immense beauty in white named Alba Superba. It is a reliable and hardy variety of saucer magnolia. If the weather is nice, from mid April (in zone 6) begins to open its profusion of medium large, cup shaped, very fragrant, white flowers with a little bit of pale purple-pink flame at the bottom of the calyxes. Being quite early to flower it is recommended to avoid the w ...entire article
It is difficult to tell if breeders from Rosen Tantau expected that their Nostalgie® rose would become such a blockbuster after its release in 1995. This rose has been a top seller ever since irrespective of how many new varieties are introduced every year for it is truly unique. Nostalgie® rose produces mid-sized, semi-double flowers with creamy white centres and rich cherry red outer petals. The colour play is visible from a distance but what comes as a lightning i ...entire article
Monier’s Alpine betony is an outstanding species of this interesting perennial. Most of other betonies are grown for attractive foliage, however, Hummelo is a special variety that offers not only pretty foliage but also lovely flowers. They are formed in spikes of lilac pink flowers, borne on 30-40 cm tall stems from early summer until midsummer, or longer if properly deadheaded. There is no fragrance for humans but their nectar attracts bees and later butterflies. Thanks to its bold foliage and inflorescence it ...entire article
Do you know saguaro cactus? The typical succulent that gets most photographed when one wants to show a parched dessert with just one living plant. This cactus influenced the name of this Lawson cypress. It is a sport/selection of Wisselii variety. It is an evergreen conifer of strictly upright, narrowly columnar habit. Its branches are covered with congested, scale-like, emerald green needles. The typical features are the arms, similar to those which saguaro cactus makes. They spoil ...entire article
Wiethorst is a witch’s broom of Schwerin’s pine, found and named by Johann Wieting in Gieelhorst, Germany. It is dwarf, slow growing version of this pine with symmetrical, pyramidal shape and dense habit. It has beautiful, 10-12 cm long, silvery blue-green, and always pendent needles. In summer numerous light green, slim cones are produced even on young plants. Pruning is not required to achieve a compact shape. All pines love sunny sites and dislike wet ground. Though, this pine benefits from constan ...entire article
Rocky Mountains white pine is a North American pine species whose origin ranges through the Rocky Mountains of Alberta in Canada down to Colorado, USA. It has distinctively flexible young twigs and soft, blue-green to silvery-blue needles. Female cones are yellow-brown, 8-15 cm long, and are borne at the ends of the branches. Vanderwolf’s Pyramid is probably the most commercially successful variety of Rocky Mountains white pine. It was introduced by the Vermuelen Nursery fro ...entire article
Molli is a dwarf variety of Korean fir from late 20th century. It is a compact, smaller version of common Korean fir with rich green, short, glossy needles with silver-grey film underneath. It grows slowly and develops a more or less regular conical shape. It always has a central leader giving it a typical appearance of a fir tree, just much smaller. Lateral branches grow upright, and are held at an angle of about 45°. Molli does not reach much taller than 2m tall and about ...entire article
RAINBOW PILLAR® is a unique variety of shedblow serviceberry with upright, columnar growth that is suitable for small gardens and hedges. In April it produces numerous star-shaped, white, scented flowers that are followed by small, spherical berries. These are ready to be picked when their red colour changes to purple black. The taste is sweet and juicy, and can be harvested for as long as one month. They look like blueberries and are valued for high contents of iron and copper. Broadly elliptic leaves are 4-6 cm ...entire article
24.04.2021New stock
astilbe (Astilbe "'SPRITE'")
If you love astilbe there is a variety you should not miss. It is called Sprite and belongs to simplicifolia group with dissected leaves. Sprite is a dwarf perennial with medium pink flowers on slightly pendent, burgundy red stems. The leaves are deeply cut, dark green, glossy, and very decorative which makes the plant look very attractive also when not in flower. Sprite astilbe is slow growing and forms a small mound. Grow astilbe in humus-rich soil. If planted in b ...entire article
Swamp azaleas are a unique species of deciduous azalea of North American origin. These azaleas offer later flowering and extremely fragrant flowers. Millennium was born much earlier than the new millennium began – in 1973, and it was hybridized by E.V.Mezitt in Massachusetts, USA. It produces small to medium sized, deep pink to rosy red, sweetly scented flowers. They may open already in late May but their main flowering time is June, and blooming lasts for 3-4 weeks which is a long time for azalea. Its leaves ar ...entire article
Mango Popsicle™ is the best torch lily variety out of the whole Popsicle series in my opinion. It produces long-lasting flowers of rich golden orange colour, identical to that of ripe mango flesh. Its spike-like inflorescence appear atop strong, smooth stems from mid July. Under ideal growing conditions and in fertile soil it will flower continuously until September. Commonly it flowers for about 6 weeks and then repeats flowering in a weaker flush from early September. Semi-deciduous leaves are linear, narrow, ...entire article
Little Grapette is a compact daylily with shorter, strong stems and deep purple-violet flowers with a vivid yellow throat. Petal margins are gently frilled. It flowers from end June until end July. The leaves are deep green, strong and healthy. They appear early in the spring and persist until winter unlike spring bulbs whose leaves wither away after flowering. Apart from occasional slug attack there are no pests or diseases they would suffer from. Put your day lilies on a sunny spot and fertilize it for better flo ...entire article
Chinese globe flower is a fantastic perennial, especially this variety: Golden Queen. From mid May until end June it produces 40-80 cm long stems with pumpkin orange or golden yellow flowers that come out from globular buds and when fully opened they show an attractive set of erect stamens that look like a princess crown. Leaves are palmate, finely divided, dark green. After flowering the plant can be pruned hard to encourage growth of new leaves for the summer season and perhaps a few flowering stems at the end o ...entire article
Humpy is a very beautiful variety of dwarf mountain pine introduced in 1979. It grows extremely slowly into a cushion-like, mound-forming shrub that is some 50 cm tall and a little over one meter wide in 15 years. Its evergreen needles are short, stiff, rich green, and are borne in pairs. Annual growths are small and make numerous little “heads” which emphasizes plant’s dense and compact habit. Humpy is suitable for conifer gardens as well as large rockeri ...entire article
Columbo is a mountain pine that has absolutely nothing to do with inspector Colombo. Its original name given in 1984 was Columnaris and it perfectly described its columnar habit. It grows slowly and dense, bears short, dark green, stiff needles borne in pairs. Thanks to its compact habit and columnar shape it will look good mixed with flat or prostrate growing plants and perennials. Mountain pines are ideal for larger rockeries, small gardens or even containers on patios, and look great when surrounded by ...entire article
Minuet is a dwarf variety of Canadian lilac. It produces tubular, sweetly scented, light mauve flowers composed in erect panicles, coming out about 2 weeks later than flowers on common lilacs i.e. mid to end May. It grows slowly, making a dense, rounded shrub. Lance-shaped leaves are 6-12 cm long, deciduous, deep green and partly glossy. These lilacs do not make suckers, they are not weedy unless grafted on common lilac. Growing slower than common lilac they can be used as substitutes in areas where tall shrub woul ...entire article
Would you like a gnom for your garden? Not the one from plaster, a living one – a dwarf pine called the same name = Gnom. This one is very beautiful, slow and dense growing with short to medium sized, dark green needles. It is mound-forming when young, making a shrub about 60 cm tall and almost twice as wide when 10 years old. Later it slows down spreading, and makes more height, so in maturity its height and spread are equal – encyclopedia says it can reach up to 3m in 25 years which is hard to believe. ...entire article
Brewer spruce is an evergreen conifer native to the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon and northern California where it is a rare plant owing to its sparse occurrence. It has a beautiful shape. The stem and inner branches are firm and upright whereas new branches are soft and pendulous which gives this tree almost a Himalayan cedar appearance. The needles are 2-3 cm long, thin, blue-green. New twigs are reddish-brown. The cones hang down and are 6-15 cm long. This spruce grows slowly: a 5m tall plant must be about 30 years old. In Central-European c ...entire article
Varella is a dwarf pine variety from 1999. From the first look it resembles another dwarf pine variety: Hesse. Still, Varella is smaller and more globular in habit. Its evergreen needles are quite long – up to 11 cm, curly, and deep green almost all year round, only in winter they may turn a little more light green or yellow green. It grows slowly and its new needles remain very short (3 cm) for almost the entire season, awaiting spring of the following ...entire article
Weigelas are valuable garden shrubs that grow freely in almost any soil and require little maintenance. They are deciduous shrubs growing 1.5 – 2.0 tall and just a bit less wide. Alexandra WINE &ROSES is a fascinating new variety with deep burgundy red, ovate, deciduous leaves and bright purple-pink flowers. They are funnel-shaped and come out from late spring until early summer. The shrubs often bloom for the second time in late summer again. Leaves are ovate to oval. It thrives in semi-fertile, slightly moist soil, preferably in full sun. Pruning: cut back ...entire article
Deutzias come from eastern Asia. They are low-maintenance shrubs ideal for every garden size and very gardener as they are so easy to grow. Plena is a simpler name for Flore Pleno variety of deutzia that bears double flowers that are pink on the outside and pure white inside. It forms an airy shrub with slightly drooping ends of the branches. Deciduous leaves are lanceolate, mid green. The plant grows about 3m tall and a bit less wide. Trimming is not needed but if you wish to trim or rejuvenate older plants do so immediately after flowering. Deutzia flowers on previ ...entire article
Uncinata is a subspecies of mountain pine. Its main difference from dwarf mountain pine is a central leader which helps it make a tree character. Also, this pine is much taller in full maturity as opposed to common mountain pine, forming a widely pyramidal habit, slightly irregular. Uncinata is common in the Pyrenees, Alps, Carpathians, Apennines and Balkan Peninsula mountains. It bears dark green needles borne in pairs. This pine is usually found in moist locations but can take much drier conditions if grown from seeds in situ. Grow it in well-drained soil in full sun ...entire article
4ever Goldy is a new variety of western red cedar from 2006. It was found in a Dutch nursery as a natural mutation of Martin variety by Andreas J.M.Luiten in 2002. It has flat sprays of soft, scale-like, evergreen foliage that is bright golden-yellow in winter and medium green in summer with some yellowish overlay. The plant changes colour in the autumn when the temperature drops below 5°C, showing a vivid combination of bright yellow and almost orange-golden until the temperature rises back to normal in spring. Another nice feature is the orange-red colour of young stems ...entire article
Vanille Fraise® is a breathtaking novelty among panicle hydrangeas. It bears extra large flowers that emerge clear white in midsummer, turning light pink first and deep raspberry pink in late summer. The panicles are up to 30 cm long and 20 cm wide and remain on the plant for a long period of time. Deciduous leaves are ovate to oval, pointed, deep green. Stems are strong, deep burgundy red. We recommend regular pruning every spring before the buds begin to swell. By cutting at least two thirds of previous year’s growth you will get a strong shrub with large ...entire article
If you like Mediterranean umbrella pines but feel sorry that it is too tender for our climate try to have a look at this selection of dwarf Japanese red pine. It is called Alice Verkade and has bright green, soft needles. It is a slow growing plant making only about 7-10 cm per year, forming a beautiful, dense, rounded head which can create a typical Mediterranean atmosphere when older. Pine trees hate wet soils. They do best in full sun and well-drained soils that is kept moist until establishment. Fully hardy to approx. -29°C (USDA zone 5). Last update 17-07-2010. ...entire article
Bamboo-leaf oak, or sometimes also called Chinese evergreen oak is a rare evergreen tree that is not widely used in cultivation in Europe which is a great pity. It has evergreen, bamboo-like, lance-shaped, narrow leaves that emerge bronze-purple and mature to a dark green. Compared to cherry laurels or Portugal laurels that can also be grown on stems while keeping their shrubby looks, bamboo-leaf oak forms a nice tree-shape canopy without any extra effort because it is naturally a small tree with compact, rounded crown. This tree is currently grown in warmer parts of the USA, southe ...entire article
Caucasian spruce is an attractive conifer with an interesting habit. Lateral branches grow horizontally first, later they rise a bit upwards in an angle of about 45° while new growths are slightly drooping. Aureospicata is a variety with bright yellow new foliage that lasts for as long as 6 weeks. The needles are rather short and stiff, deep green and glossy. Caucasian spruce grows slowly when young making about 3m in 10 years. Adult tree can reach approximately 15m tall and 6m wide. To keep it smaller it can be pruned and sheared. Grow it as a specimen plant in a plac ...entire article
Jumbo is an old bamboo favourite with soft green, pointed leaves, about 10 cm long, elegantly hanging on the canes offering a relaxed appearance. Young canes are green and change to yellow when mature. It grows into a compact, dense bush which looks good not only as a specimen plant but absolutely fantastic as an informal evergreen hedge. With its mature height of about 3 m it is not a giant plant and can create a perfect feeling of privacy in both Japanese and European-styled landscapes. This bamboo is clump-growing so it does not need root barrier as it is not invasiv ...entire article
Sea buckthorn is getting more and more attention as a healthy type of fruit of high medicinal value. Some gardeners may not like its and broomy appearance, while others may welcome its wild and rampant image. It is a deciduous, wide spreading bush with silvery leaves. Branches bear sharp thorns which make picking up a bit of a nightmare. However, the oval, bright orange fruit is definitely worth the effort as it contains as much as 10 times more vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals in perfect balance ideal for Europeans. A single berry contains a sufficient dose of vitamin C fo ...entire article
Kaleidoscope® is another novelty of the turn of the century. It drags attention thanks to its multicoloured foliage, but not only that. This abelia was found as a naturally occurring mutation of abelia x grandiflora “Little Richard” by nurseryman Randall Dale Lindsey in North Carolina, USA, in 1997. A single branch with coloured leaves on originally purely green plant made him try and propagate it and as further test proved the characteristics stable he had it patented a few years later, in 2005, under US plant patent No. 16,988. Kaleidoscope® abe ...entire article
Annabelle is a famous and attractive variety of sevenbark, a hydrangea that can take almost anything. Its large flowers appear in mid summer and are lime-green as they emerge, quickly changing to fantastic pure white. They are spherical panicles, often up to 18 cm across. Leaves are mid to dark green. Grow this hydrangea if you are in doubt whether the large-leaved macrophylla varieties with coloured flowers will survive your winter. This one will grow happily in USDA zone 3 where winter temperatures drop down to -37°C, and can be cut severely in the spring. We even re ...entire article
Blue Spire is a hybrid between two types of perovskia. It was first introduced to RHS in 1961 and since late 80´s it has been in cultivation in most of the world with mild climate. It is a very hardy plant originally found in Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan) but is successfully grown even further north. Perovskia is a fantastic plant offering an extremely long time of attractivity. It bears profusion of indigo-blue flowers that open up from hairy, violet buds. These buds appear from early summer and take quite some time before they let the flowers out which usually ...entire article
Pride of Rochester is a beautiful variety of deutzia with pure white, double blossoms. They come out from early June. Deciduous leaves are mid green, broadly ovate. It has interesting peeling bark on older branches which looks great especially in winter when the shrub has no leaves. Trimming is not needed but if you wish to trim or rejuvenate older plants do so immediately after flowering. Deutzia flowers on previous year’s wood so it needs to make new branches with flowers buds before winter. Deutzias are quite soil adaptable. They like full sun but will grow ...entire article
Mops is an elegant and very slow growing variety of dwarf mountain pine. It was bred in 1951 and has been in demand ever since. It has short, deep green needles in whorls of two. Natural habit is mound-forming, cushion-like when young, changing to rounded with age. 15-year-old plants are about 80 cm tall and just a little over 1m wide. It is ideal for larger rockeries, containers on patios, it looks great when surrounded by white sand or pebbles. It needs full sun and well-drained soil, no fertilizing required. Fu ...entire article
An amazing variety of common beech is this narrow-leaved variety called Mercedes. Its leaves are deciduous, deep green, glossy, about 10cm long and max. 1cm wide, and turn yellow in autumn. They look identical to another beech variety Aspleniifolia but Mercedes forms a dense, low shrub, growing about 1m in 10 years. Its slow growth and dense habit will be appreciated mainly in small gardens or in Japanese-style arrangements. It tolerates wide range of soils including chalky but will not grow in water-logged ground. Fully hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last upd ...entire article
Jens Jörgen Sörensen is a very special variety of makinoi rhododendron, named in honour of a Danish breeder in 2000. It is a healthy and beautiful variety ideal for exposed locations as it withstands temperatures down to -28°C. Its evergreen leaves look like anything but a true rhody: they are extremely narrow (only some 3 cm wide) and up to 14 cm long, deep green and glossy, with margins curling downwards. The flowers are pale pink and come out quite early: already in April. It grows slowly and very compact and dense. In good soil with enough moisture it lives happi ...entire article
Schoon’s Bonsai is a beautiful variety of Japanese white pine of slow growth. It has whorls of five needles that are silvery green, slightly curled and soft when touched. It forms an irregular shrub which looks like a bonsai. Ultimate height is not known yet but is expected about 2m. You can combine it in a mixed border with other compact, Japanese-style plants or make it a small specimen in a small garden. As every pine, it needs full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Do not over-water pines but make sure it does not dry out when re-planted. Absolutely ...entire article
If you like big trees for their leaves but own only a small plot have a look at this dwarf red buckeye. Koehnei is a fantastic variety with attractive both foliage and flowers, and moreover, slow growth. The flowers are upright, conical panicles composed of orange-pink, tubular flowers and come out at the end of May. Typically chestnut leaves are deciduous, 5-7 palmate, with oblong to lance-shaped leaflets, bronze when they emerge, turning mid green in summer and yellow in autumn. Older plants make small, brown nuts hidden in smooth-skinned pods. Very slow growth ...entire article
Sango-kaku is a Japanese maple that has so many colours that we are lost for words. Its main attraction is the colour of bark which is orangey-red in summer and bright coral red in winter. The palmate leaves have 5 lobes and emerge orangey-yellow with salmon pink shades, changing to light green or yellow in summer, turning golden yellow in autumn. It grows slowly into a tall, upright shrub. Thanks to its vibrant colours in both summer and winter we recommend planting in places where it will contrast with other plants of deeper coloured foliage. Sango-kaku dislikes dire ...entire article
You needn’t be a specialist to fall in love with this Japanese white pine at the first sight; this is probably one of the top ones mostly sought after by bonsai-makers, though. Needles of Negishi are 5-6 cm long, dark green with silvery grey film which gives it a unique, almost turquoise appearance. One the new needles have matured, the old ones fall down. It is natural for Japanese white pine to show off its smooth, grey bark this way, it is not an illness. Ultimate height is usually stated as 3-4m but grows very slowly and we could expect this size when the plan ...entire article
Melina is a stunning variety of Japanese azalea. Its double or even triple flowers are bright pink and appear in rounded inflorescens late in the spring – end May/early June. It grows slowly and compact, spreading. Leaves are mid to dark green, ovate, only about 2-3 cm long. In semi-shade and shade they remain on the shrub throughout winter, if placed in full sun it might lose a great portion of them. New leaves will then emerge after flowering. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growth rate. The ...entire article
Bonfire is a new variety of pireis which will be loved by those of you, who dislike the pendent habit of its flower racemes: this novelty holds it flower strictly upright, like lined-up soldiers. They are deep burgundy red and appear from early autumn. The flowers themselves may come as a surprise being completely white. They open in March and can last for 3-4 weeks. Evergreen leaves are lanceolate, mid green and glossy. New shoots are deep red to bright burgundy red. It grows medium slow and forms a compact, upright shrub that is a little taller than wide. No pruning required ...entire article
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abelia (Abelia "'SHERWOOD'")
Sherwood is a new variety of abelia with snow white, funnel-shaped flowers with a nice scent. They come out in early summer and continue until the first frost. Its glossy leaves are soft green, ovate and pointed. Unlike its parent plant – abelia x grandiflora – this one has shorter branches and forms a low, neat, and dense shrub. No pruning needed. Abelias are soil tolerant but will thrive in good, well-drained soil. Find them a location in full sun and, if possible, sheltered from drying winds. Fully hardy to -24°C (USDA zone 6). Last update 23-11-2008. ...entire article
Royal Ruby is a leucothoe variety that can be used as an attractive groundcover with larger leaves. They are elongated, glossy, and green in summer, gaining burgundy red shades at the leaf margins, and from colder days of autumn completely changing to deep burgundy red for the whole of winter. This colour stays until mid or end spring until the plant starts making new leaves. Thanks to its rich winter colour placing a stone near it or planting it in front of a stone fence or wall can be most pretty for the best contrast. It forms a rather prostrate shrub with arching b ...entire article
Even among a hundred trees you will notice this one first. Such a colourful small tree must have been brought direct from Mars! Moreover, it is so unique and special that the botanists cannot decide whether to list as acer conspicuum or acer rubescens. Red Flamingo is a stunning variety of snakebark maple making a breathtaking display wherever you put it. The most attractive feature are its colours. Mid-green leaves are marbled white as if you splashed the tree with a can of white paint and then threw a pink chiffon all over the plant. The young and fully insolate leave ...entire article
Hidcote is a very popular variety of lavender with the brightest violet-blue flowers. It forms a compact and dense clump, ideal for beds where tall and leggy perennial is not required. Evergreen leaves are narrow, silvery blue-green. You can remove the stalks with spent flowers after flowering to make the clump look neat again, or even sooner if you wish to dry the flowers (hung with flowers heads upside down in an airy room). We recommend cutting the plant every spring by about a third its size to maintain a dense and profusely flowering shrub. It will grow in most ty ...entire article
Eskimo is a jewel among viburnums. It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen, compact shrub, growing slowly about 1m tall and wide. In mid-spring it makes almost spherical corymbs of pure white, lightly scented flowers. The flowering is reliable and abundant every year. There are so many flower-heads that leaves cannot be seen. They are deep green, leathery, 7-10 cm long, ovate, and glossy. Some of them may turn red or purple in autumn and winter. In exposed areas most of them fall down, in sheltered locations the shrub remains almost evergreen. It is naturally mound-forming an ...entire article
Sensation is a variety with a perfect name. Its individual flowers are deep purple to violet with rich, white margins = an eye-catcher even for those who consider lilacs far too usual. They are strongly fragrant. Stiff leaves are heart-shaped, upto 10 cm long, mid to dark green. Lilacs are popular for showy flowers as well as dense foliage which make them ideal for informal hedges. As it flowers on previous year’s growths any pruning should be done immediately after flowering – in June. It is soil adaptable and likes full sun or partial shade. Absolutely hardy ...entire article
Another lovely piece for miniature lovers is this dwarf spruce. It grows slowly, compact and dense to it mature height of 3m only after a few decades. Needles are short and stiff, rich green. New branches show bright orangey-brown bark and are short. No pruning needed for dense growth. The shape is conical with relatively narrow base compared to fir which makes a rather wide base. Spruces need fertile, deep soil that is neutral to acidic. They are fully hardy to -40°C (USDA zone 3). Last update 16-02-2008. ...entire article
Elizabeth Red Foliage is a unique novelty with new leaves of deep burgundy-red colour, just like new foliage of pieris. Funnel-shaped flowers are deep red. For richer flowering and growth dead-head where possible. Rhododendrons are low-maintenance shrubs that will perform superbly provided you plant them well. They mostly prefer bright to dappled shade or partial shade (partial sun). Morning sunlight is their killer, same as deep shade. The roots are shallow, spreading to sides in search for nutrients. Never plant them too deep. The soil has to be acidic (pH 4.5-5.5), rich in humus, ...entire article
Men usually get mad when women describe colours with expressions like salmon pink, peachy red etc. Well, men, get ready for another hit below the belt: we have a tree whose leaves are SHRIMP pink. Not familiar with that colour? Go to the nearest restaurant and have a prawn-cocktail to see what the fuss is all about … The name itself evokes an unusual, highly valued plant which this small tree definitely is. It grows about 3m tall with a 4m wide crown. Its leaves are soft shrimp pink, changing to golden-yellow and maturing green in summer. They are mostly moderately lobed. Yellow-green ...entire article
Elegantissima brings light and colour into darker places. It has richly varigated leaves, their margins are creamy white or almost butter-yellow. It is ideal to light up dark corners or highlight borders with other evergreen shrubs of only green colour. It mixes well with broadleaves as well as conifers. It grows moderately and does not make a regular shape so if you want to have it compact trim it in April (for density) and clip it again in mid-summer (for shape). It withstands hard pruning if done in the spring and followed by heavy fertilizing. It adapts to almost any s ...entire article
Novita is a new sensation among cherry laurels. Eventually there is a hardy variety which has benefits of the formerly more tender ones: it grows fast and big, has large leaves of a nice colour, and is surprisingly hardy for a large-leaved cherry laurel. It is a selection of Rotundifolia variety hence the resemblance. The leaves are 10-15 cm long, obovate, very glossy, soft green when young turning to deep green. It is a perfect specimen or a superb hedging pl ...entire article
This Rose-of-Sharon variety has a French name Oiseau Bleu which was difficult enough to be replaced with an English translation Blue Bird. It had long been the only blue variety in trade until Marina (BLUE SATIN™) appeared in 1996, and in 2007 a much deeper blue variety from France named ULTRAMARINE® took its place. However, Blue Bird is still very demanded for its attractive, pastel lavender blue flowers that are about 6-8 cm across and decorated with a large maroon eye in the centre. It looks great both on its own, or combined with other varieties of contrasting flower colours(s). ...entire article
Totus Albus is a very elegant variety that bears large, 7-9 cm across, flowers of pure white colour, sometimes with dwarf lacy petals in the center. They come out reliably every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. Pruning is not needed. But if you clip max. one third of last year’s growth it will result in larger flower sizes. Hibiscus needs a sunny location and though it can withstand temporary droughts it is advisable to keep the soil moist for good foliage. Dislikes wet places where the roots may rot. Fully hardy. ...entire article
Emerald'n'Gold spindle has bright green leaves in the centre and vivid yellow edges that often override the green colour giving a golden effect to the whole shrub. In autumn and winter majority of leaves turn pink or purple red and if some of them fall down in spring the plant quickly replaces them. Wintercreepers are excellent, low shrubs that not only withstand low temperatures to some -30°C but retain the foliage without any damage. They can be used as a nice groundcover or a climber if given a support. Just thi ...entire article
If you like pines with soft needles, white pines are the best choice. Radiata is an old variety from 1923 which is a slow grower with silvery blue-green needles decorated with green underneath. The appearance is fluffy and you feel like touching it everytime you pass it. Radiata forms a mounding habit when young, but after a few years a central leader develops which aims strictly upward to the sky and which can reach as much as 4m tall. If left unpruned, such plant will change its shape to widely pyramidal, loose ...entire article
Abelia Confetti® can be the true dwarf jewel, for instance, in the evergreen group of your front yard. It has 2-3 cm long, pointed, glossy, semi-evergreen, variegated leaves with white margins and green centres. It blooms from July until October with pale pink, funnel-shaped, tiny flowers. This variety is dwarf and tends to spread. In mild winters the foliage persists until spring which makes your garden look quite picturesque in cold months. It is slow growing, mound forming shrub that can be pruned in early spring if damaged by harsh frost. S ...entire article
Himalayan pine is a tree that many pine growers would love to have in their garden, however, its mature size will not allow growing it in small gardens. That was probably the reason why in 1983 a new selection called Densa (or Densa Hill recently) was introduced and immediately gained much attention and popularity. Densa Hill is a dwarf variety of Himalayan pine with incredibly long silvery-blue needles. They are borne in bundles of 5 and just a little shorter than on the species, ...entire article
Black Lace is a variety of European elder that has lace-like, deep burgundy leaves that look like those of dissectum Japanese maples. Flowers are striking pink panicles that appear in May. Its vigorous growth helps this shrub soon make a dense cover of leaves that are vivid purple in the spring, deep burgundy throughout the summer, and bright crimson in the autumn. Elder tolerates wide ranges of soil and will be happy of almost any location. By pruning in early spring you will achieve a denser plant, that will be easier to maintain the size and shape. Fully hardy to ab ...entire article
Cypress trees and shrubs are very popular for their variable shapes, leaf types and colours. Stardust is a variety with almost flat needles of pale green colour near the main stem, grading to greenish-yellow towards the bright golden-yellow ends of the branches which tend to droop slightly as they grow longer. It has pyramidal form, wide at the base. Medium growth rate. It has pyramidal form, wide at the base. Medium growth rate. It is very hardy, but still we recommend planting coloured varieties in sheltered locations if you live in mountainous regions or frost pock ...entire article
Swiss stone pine is a beautiful one with dark green needles with a silvery stripe. So its overall appearance may seem a little turquoise. It grows slowly, forming a dense conifer with rather irregular growth when young and more or less pyramidal with age. Owing to its slow growth rate, similar to pinus leucodermis, it is ideal for mid-sized or even small gardens. Grow it in full sun, in poor to semi-fertile, well-drained soil. It hates waterlogging and fertilizing. Fully hardy to -34°C (USDA zone 4). Last update 04-12-2008. ...entire article
We are specialists in evergreen plants and offer the widest possible range of hardy, quality plants. Angustifolia is a very elegant variety of Portugal laurel. Irrespective of its origin it belongs to the hardiest evergreen plants for our climate and performs better than some large-leaved cherry laurels. It has narrower leaves than the species and brighter red stalks and new twigs. It grows moderately and very dense into a regular, pyramidal shrub. In our climate it seldom reaches 3m tall. Blossoms are numerous racemes, compound of white, sweetly scented flowers. Fru ...entire article
Privet is the number one popular hedging plant. Golden privet obviously brings extra features: it is evergreen or semi-evergreen, multicoloured and has larger leaves. They are glossy, ovate, 2-3 times bigger than the species (up to 6 cm long), bright golden-yellow margined at the edges grading to deep green in the middle. The yellow margins turn pink or bronze in winter. It is a perfect plant for semi-shaded areas that will highlight the contrast of the leaves. Although it is a hardy plant it may be slightly burnt after the first winter before it is fully established, but it re-sprouts quic ...entire article
Woodbridge is an ideal choice for everyone who loves shiny-coloured flowers in summer. They are bright pink, sometimes of a faint lavender touch, with a bright red eye in the middle, small enough not to disturb the entire colour of the bloom. They come out every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. Pruning is not needed. But if you clip max. one third of last year’s growth it will result in larger flower sizes. Hibiscus needs a sunny location and though it can withstand temporary droughts it is advisable to keep the soil moist ...entire article
Golden Eagle blooms from mid May till early June with vivid, deep orange flowers with a golden throat. Very striking. It has dense foliage turning bronzy red in autumn. Deciduous azaleas are ericaceous plants, loving insulate position with constantly moist soil. During temporary summer dry spells in certain areas their leaves may suffer and be prone to fungus infections. When spots appear on the leaves or they lose colour and start to curl use a suitable fungicide immediately. 1-2 sprays should help the plant remain beautiful and healthy. They require no pruning. Should yo ...entire article
If you like the spring profusion of blooming magnolias, look at this yellow rarity. Probably the best yellow magnolia so far was raised by a Belgian breeder, Philippe de Spoelberch. It is a cross between ´Miss Honeybee´ a ´Gold Crown´. It is called Daphne. Its flowers are deep yellow, long lasting, born upright at the tips of each branch, and although the tepals are narrow and short it does not belong to the star-magnolias group. It blooms already as a young shrub, later than early varieties, often along with the leaves which enhance the flower display creating an impressive, ...entire article
Abelias belong to the most popular flowering shrubs of dwarf to small sizes, mainly thanks to its long flowering period: June-October. Variety Edward Goucher was introduced by a botanist of the same name in the USA in 1911 as a cross between abelia x grandiflora and abelia schumannii. This elegant shrub has 2-3 cm long, pointed, very glossy, semi-evergreen, dark green leaves that turn burgundy red in the winter. The flowers are tiny, but numerous, funnel-shaped, bright pink to lilac. In warmer climates this shrub is very vigorous and can reach as much as 1.5m. If you b ...entire article
Glossy abelia is a garden hybrid between abelia chinensis and abelia uniflora, and is sometimes also called abelia rupestris. Its dominant feature is profuse flowering from late June until late autumn. Flowers are small, funnel-shaped, pure white, and decorated by pale red calyxes thanks to which the flower look pale pink from a distance. Very elegant leaves are semi-deciduous, highly glossy, 2-3 cm long, pointed, dark green in summer and pale red to soft burgundy red in autumn and winter. In warmer climates this shrub is very vigorou ...entire article
If you like sweetgum and you are afraid of its size in maturity try this one. Gum Ball is a great variety with dwarf growth and reduced size. After 10 years it can grow to some 2.5m with a total of 3m in maturity. Its crown is quite regular even without pruning. The leaves are identical to basic sweetgum: deep green in the summer, with 5 lobes, deeply cut, in the autumn they change to dark red and deep burgundy, almost black. The bark is grey with striking ribs that appear as the tree grows older. It likes any fertile to mid-fertile soil, preferably acidic and moist. Full ...entire article
Bosnian pine is one of the posh pines with a typical, almost perfect conical shape. Compact Gem is an excellent choice for even the smallest of gardens as it grows slowly and does not exceed 3m when fully mature. Needles are born in two’s, they are deep green, glossy and hard, always vertical. Bark is very light, almost white. It needs a lot of sunlight and permeable soil, which can be sandy, it can even be poor and dry when established. Fully hardy to -27°C (USDA zone 5b). ...entire article
I wonder who gave name to this dwarf white pine Blue Shag … I know that “shag” has several meanings, but still. Anyway, this pine is an excellent, fluffy looking variety of Weymouth pine with long, soft needles. Their main colour is bright green but thanks to the rather wide blue-grey strip in the middle it has this beautiful silvery-blue appearance. Naturally Blue Shag forms a rounded cushion. It grows slowly and dense and looks best unpruned. Given full ...entire article
If you like cherry laurels, all of them will look boring next to this specialty. Marbled White is an extraordinary variety with creamy white marbled leaves. They are quite large and for the best contrast it should be placed in semi-shade or shade. This shrub has upright, pyramidal growth. Non flowering. It can be pruned in the spring. Laurels need slightly deep and fertile, acidic, moist soil, and extra watering in frost-free periods in winter to prevent from drying out before the ground gets frozen. It will thrive in full sun or part shade, and will also tolerate bein ...entire article
Dart’s Gold is a variety of common ninebark with bright yellowish-green, 3-lobed leaves, which appear early in the spring, probably at the same time as when magnolias start blooming. Clusters of white flowers are tiny but the shrub is covered with them in May. This shrub is an excellent, fully hardy plant which thanks to its colour-coded leaves highlights every composition or fills a spot where you hopelessly think about putting something. It naturally forms a dense shrub, but has long twigs which can be cut back if unsightly. It likes sun or shade and any soil. You would not find many v ...entire article
Tanyosho pine with its umbrella-like, mushroom crown is sometimes used as a hardy substitute for Mediterranean pine. It grows much smaller and more slowly – to make a specimen tree of 3-4 metres it needs some 30 years. Needles are long, bright green, soft. Bark is orange to red hence its cultivar name red pine. As every pine, it needs full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. ...entire article
This winged euonymus belongs to deciduous shrubs and is truly an eye-catcher in every garden. Its leaves are compound like on ash. Young leaves are bright, grass green, and as the first colder days of October come, they change the colour to highly ornamental scarlet red. Even when they fall off, the shrub remains attractive with the bark on the bare branches which have corky wings along the stems. The fruits are small capsules which turn orange-red just as the leaves change their colour in the autumn. It spreads to sides, mature unpruned shrubs can be 2.5m wide after 20-30 years. Tolerates ...entire article
Weeping Higan cherry has rich pink, double flowers in early cherry season. It makes pendent branches that soon reach the ground. It is the right spring-teller as it announces warmer weather as one of the first flowering trees. It seldom grows taller than 3 m which makes it an ideal selection for even the smallest of gardens. Flowering cherries can take almost any well-drained soil. But if you are after a good looking tree grow it in slightly acid, evenly moist soil. Pruning, if needed, should be done immediately after flowering to prevent silver leaf and b ...entire article
“Hamabo” will no doubt attract your attention thanks to its rare, pink-red veins on pale pink or almost white flower petals, each of which has its own deep red blotch in the centre. The shrub is always erect and slightly rounded with age. It has very decorative leaves that are unique. They are narrowly palmate, 3-lobed, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. If they turn yellow in summer the plant manifests too much water at the roots. They are either over-watered or planted in too heavy, water-logged soil that might cause serious problems. Hibiscus is a typical e ...entire article
Pink Giant® is the one with truly pink, 10-12 cm large single flowers. It has upright growth. They come out reliably every year in July and don’t stop blooming until all buds have gone - sometimes by end September. It has very decorative leaves that are unique. They are narrowly palmate, 3-lobed, mid to dark green and coarsely toothed. If they turn yellow in summer the plant manifests too much water at the roots. They are either over-watered or planted in too heavy, water-logged soil that might cause serious problems. Hibiscus is a typical example of a plant where t ...entire article
This easy to grow shrub has many names and all of them say something about the beautiful scent of the flowers: sweetshrub, strawberry shrub, or even pineapple shrub. That’s because of the deliciously scented flowers which smell like a blend of strawberry jam and apple juice. Flowers are 3-5 cm across, with numerous strap-shaped petals. Their colour varies with soil conditions and amount of everyday sunlight: it is rich burgundy to deep purple or even crimson red. They come out in June (rarely in end May) and continue blooming in a few phases until early August. Oval ...entire article
This elegant and rather exotic looking tree is still rare in cultivation in Europe. It was believed to have been extinct after the glacial era, however, in late 19th century some specimens were found in Sichuan, China. Dove tree was brought to Britain in 1903 and cultivated as a rarity in some gardens of the tempered climate. Its main attraction are the large, white bracts surrounded around a small, green flower head in May. Owing to the bracts shape this plant is also called handkerchief tree. Compared to other medium-sized or big trees this one starts blooming relatively young = w ...entire article
Mughus is a subspecies of dwarf mountain pine with even more compact and slower growth. It has very dense habit and dark green, short needles. It looks great in a large rockery as well as in a Japanese-style garden where it creates a perfect cushion image. Pines need slightly moist soil when getting established but will live in almost any well-drained soil. They do prefer a lot of sunshine to be compact and dense so try to avoid shaded placed when finding it a spot in a garden. Fully hardy to min. -45°C (USDA zone 2). Last update: 29-09-2009 ...entire article
Red Robin is a New Zealand selection of Fraser's photinia which is considered the first and also possibly the most successful Fraser's photinia variety of 20th century. After 20 years from its introduction it received the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the English Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for great performance, beauty, and durability. It produces larger and glossier leaves with a more striking shade of red when they emerge. They are evergreen, 10-15 cm long, 4-8cm wide, highly glossy, dark green when mature, ...entire article
Maigrün is a German variety of box honeysuckle valued for its unbeatable bright green, evergreen leaves that are a little larger than those on the species. The plant exhibits a more compact growth with arching branches that may resemble fern fronds. Leaves are very glossy and their colour remains bright green even in winter. In early spring appears a profusion of small, creamy white to pale yellow flowers that may be followed by small berries (non toxic). It grows fast and can be grown as a low border or hedge, or cli ...entire article
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